Senate Bill 54: The Future of California’s Sanctuary Jurisdictions

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) Earlier this October, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 and effectively turned California into a “sanctuary state.” A reaction to President Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric and policies, the bill limits state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities and would prevent officers from questioning and holding people…

On the Legal Constitutionality of DACA

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) From the start of his campaign, President Trump declared to “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties.” This included DACA, a program that offered certain young unauthorized immigrants the chance to apply for work permits and temporary protection from deportation. Today, we see the reality of what had previously…

Trump’s Amendment to the H-1B Visas

Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) On April 18th, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to reform the H-1B visa program. This program has traditionally been used for companies to hire highly-skilled foreign workers in tech, medical, industrial, and science fields. The United States currently admits approximately 85,000 H-1B visas annually. This executive order comes as…